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Southland cancelled by TNT

Southland

Story by Jack Foley

CRITICALLY-acclaimed cop drama Southland has been cancelled by TNT.

The decision comes just weeks after the show aired its fifth season finale and actually saw viewer numbers rise in the US.

In a statement announcing the news, the Turner network said: “TNT has made the difficult decision not to renew Southland for another season. We are enormously proud of Southland, which stands as one of the best police dramas ever made.

“Executive producers John Wells, Chris Chulack and Jonathan Lisco, along with creator Ann Biderman and our partners at Warner Bros. Television, have given us five seasons of powerful, unforgettable storytelling, for which we are deeply grateful.

“We also want to thank the amazing cast for their impassioned, no-holds-barred performances, and the production team for their tenacity shooting on the streets of real-world Los Angeles. We wish everyone associated with Southland the very best.”

The writing had been on the wall for the series owing to the continued low viewing figures. Indeed, three of the ensemble drama’s main stars – Regina King, Ben McKenzie and Shawn Hatsoy – had each booked pilots in second position, with the fate of all three dramas expected in the coming days.

King has Divorce: A Love Story, McKenzie has Advocates and Hatsoy has Reckless.

TNT has recently confirmed full series pick-ups for Howard Gordon’s Sean Bean spy drama Legends and Michael Bay’s Eric Dane vehicle The Last Ship as well as a renewal for Dallas.

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